October 28, 2015

The Healing, Inspiring & Transformational Benefits of Yoga.

photo: Canon in 2D on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/16462767@N00/

If you’ve forgotten what hope looks like, when you’ve all but given up and think you can’t possibly take another step, this truly inspiring video shows us what hard work, a warrior spirit and faithful dedication looks like.

A few years ago, someone shared this video with me on Facebook. It had gone viral at the time. When I watched it then, it awakened something within me. It is what first inspired me to try yoga.

Admittedly, I was overweight. I had adopted the idea that yoga wasn’t for someone like me, who was overweight. I’ll admit, I’ve fallen out of practice lately, but this video serves as a timely and inspirational reminder that it’s never too late to begin again.

Yoga can be fully transformational.

Not only do physical transformations manifest; we transform ourselves mind, body and spirit. The key is that we must be brave enough to take the first step toward any goal we set for ourselves.

People often hold the blurred misconception that yoga is only for those who are already physically fit. This video is a wonderful testament to the amazing transformational benefits of yoga despite whatever circumstances may be on our path.

This is one man’s beautifully documented journey:

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

~ E.E. Cummings



Relephant Read:

How Yoga Changes your Body—Starting the Day you Begin.


Author: Annie R. Towns 

Editor: Catherine Monkman

Photo: Canon in 2D/Flickr


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Annie R. Towns

Annie R. Towns is a former Ele-pprentice and Teaching Assistant at Elephant Academy at Elephant Journal. She is of Native American Ancestry – Eastern Band of Cherokee. Annie is a single mom, Writer, Life & Relationship Coach, Master level Reiki Practitioner, Lomi-Lomi Massage Therapist and a Bereavement Counselor/Death Doula. You can connect with Annie on Konversai or through Facebook. Annie likes things that are wild, elusive, rare. She loves peonies, lilac, cedar trees, juliet roses and wild sage. She’s spiritual, deep—an old soul. Annie enjoys spending time with her children, looking at the stars and the moon, porch swing sitting, a hot cup of tea and the warmth of a campfire. She’s connected to Nature—Earthy. She loves rain & thunderstorms. The first thing Annie notices about someone is their eyes. She likes to read. She loves to write. She’s one of a kind!